Reformation Day is at the end of this month, so why not have a Reformation Party?
Our family hosted a Night of Reformation (or Day of Reformation) several years when our kids were younger. As they grew older, they helped plan our Reformation parties. Our kids still have fond memories of those parties.
Before I go any further, you might be wondering what is Reformation Day …
Reformation Day is the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the church door on Halloween, October 31st, 1517. It is one of the turning-points in the history of the world, especiallyl the church. When Martin Luther nailed those 95 discussion points to the door of the Wittenburg Church, the Protestant Reformation was born.
Since this is a turning point in church history, regardless of your personal beliefs, why not make it a hands-on learning activity for your kids? Here are 10 Hands-On Reformation Day Activities.
1. Sing & learn A Mighty Fortress, written by Martin Luther. Included in Reformation Day Activity Guide & Printables. Use this hymn for copywork over the next few weeks. Discuss what each verse means to your family.
2. Trace the route of William Tyndale as he was on the run and translating the Bible into English at the same time. Discuss how you would feel if you were in Tyndale’s position.
3. Art Appreciation: Use one of my favorite children’s art series, Art of Children by Raboff. Read & discuss (Albrecht) Durer: Art for Children Series by Ernest Raboff.
Beautiful images & easy to understand art discussion questions included. All you have to do is open the book & read. You can still get a copy of this “out of print” gem at Amazon here.Your older elementary / middle school kids can read Artist of the Reformation, Albrecht Durer, by Joyce McPherson
4. Act out Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the Wittenburg Church door. If you need a script, try the one in A Night of Reformation.
5. Calligraphy your favorite Bible verse. Spend a week learning how to write in calligraphy. I loved writing calligraphy as a teen and am thankful I know how to do it. I recommend using Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Guide to Elegant Lettering.
6. Listen to The Mystery of History, Volume III. Mom, take a break from reading aloud the next few weeks and listen to the story of the Reformation as Linda Hobar reads for you. You’ll get the Christian perspective of history.
7. Science: Read Along Came Galileo I just finished reading this children’s story of Galileo before we visit his museum in Florence, Italy. The story is easy for kids to understand. As you read the book, let your kids make a model of the solar system showing that the planets revolve around the sun.
You might try making this balloon solar system.
8. Watch a movie about one of the reformers. Here are a few.
Martin Luther: I like the older version because it doesn’t paint either Martin Luther or the Catholic church as either a saint or a villain. You can see the corruption that all churches can sink to if they become self centered and self reliant.
God’s Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale was a family favorite when our kids were here at home.
John Hus is another reformer that will inspire you as you see him stand for Christ, despite his circumstances.
9. Choose a book to read aloud or individually, using narration & journaling each day.
Fine Print (Gutenburg) Early Elementary
Morning Star of the Reformation (Wycliffe) Upper Elementary
Mary, Bloody Mary (Queen Mary & English Reformation) Middle School
Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day (Tyndale) Junior High
Kitty, My Rib (Luther’s wife) High School
Coronation of Glory (Lady Jane Grey) High School
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther High School & Adult
Even though this is a long book, I found it fascinating and highly recommend it to all homeschool moms & dads.
10. Host a Reformation Party. Make it a potluck dinner or lunch. Have each family sponsor a booth with a Reformation activity. To get more ideas, look at Celebrating Reformation Day Set
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